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Callaway Memories: Duncan High School approved 100 years ago

by Anakin Bush | December 31, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society A photograph of the Duncan School and students in the 1920's. The Duncan School is featured in the 100 years ago (1922) section.

150 years ago (1872)

More Officials. Christian Church: Elder D.M. Grandfield, Pastor. Baptist Church: Rev. H.M. Richardson, Pastor. M.E. Church South: Rev. M.B. Chapman, Pastor. Presbyterian Church: Rev. N.L. Rice, D.D., Pastor.

Fulton Post Office Directory. Open daily, except Sunday, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mail departs for St. Louis and Kansas City at 11:45. Mail arrives from St. Louis and Kansas City at 3:50 p.m. Mail departs for Jefferson City and Sedalia at 3:50 p.m. Mail arrives from Williamsburg at 12 and depart at 1 p.m. on Friday. Mail arrives from Readsville and Reform at 12 and depart at 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday. Mail depart for St. Aubert at 8 a.m. and arrive at 5 p.m. on Friday. Mail departs for Columbia at 8 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Mail arrives from Columbia at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. No mail arrives or departs on the Sabbath. Thomas Patton, Postmaster.

125 years ago (1897)

Carrington School Report. Number of pupils enrolled-33. Average #of pupils/day- 32 1/4. Average # of days for each present 16 7/13. Number of days taught-20. Perfect attendance: Gran Hook, Laura Kyger, Scott McGhee, Zaelia Sampson, Frazier, Charlie and Wood Thomas, Anna, Mammie and Lord Vaughn and Robert Kyger. High grade, 1st Reader-Chas. Thomas; 2nd Reader, Wood Thomas; 3rd Reader, Ovie Hook; 4th Reader, Scott McGhee, 5th Reader, Zaelia Sampson. A speller- Maud Bowman. We had 50 visitors on Dec. 24th to hear our literary exercises. Afterwards, we partook of an old-fashioned "treat." O.M. Wilkerson, teacher.

100 years ago (1922)

The first year high school at Duncan school, south of Millersburg, has been approved by the state educational department, following an inspection last week.

Judge Thomas W. Herring, five term Judge of the County Court, died at his Auxvasse home. He was about 75 years old, and was born in Callaway, a few miles north of Fulton. He retired from the county bench in 1914. He was a son of James C. Herring, who came here from Virginia in 1838. He at once commenced work in the first steam mill ever in the county- that of White and Jones, which he later rented and ran for 17 years. Judge Herring engaged in farming in different parts of the county and was also connected with the Callaway Hardware Company and had a host of friends in the county of his birth. He is survived by his wife and son, Willard, now living in Wyoming and who was elected sheriff of his county.

Callaway County Cured Hams for Christmas. These hams have a wide reputation throughout the country from the Atlantic to the Pacific, thanks to local folks sending them as Christmas presents.

75 years ago (1947)

The office employees of the Fifth Street Plant of the International Shoe Company had their annual Christmas party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Tate. Miss Mildred Cruse was the hostess. Games were played, gifts exchanged and refreshments were served. Those present were Mrs. Leone McKenna, Mrs. Morris Rankin, Mrs. Willard Keith, Miss Doris Dudley, Miss Willis Lee Iman, Miss Mary Dean Hill, Miss Blanche Backer, Miss Jean McMichael, Miss Esther Doerhoff, and Miss Blanche Mitzel.

Retires After 43 Years' Service. R.H. Green has tendered his resignation to the Alton Railroad Company. He began his work in 1904 at Bates City and worked almost eleven years on the main line. He was later an agent at Shackelford, Mo. for six years. He began in Auxvasse in June 1915, serving a total of 32 years as agent there. He has earned a period of rest and, we hope, many nice vacations.

Lucky 13 had a Christmas party at the MSD Boy Scout Cabin. Guests were their dates and parents. Tommy Williams' orchestra provided music. Members are Sharon Browning, Selma Oliver, Betty Newbolt, Lorraine Gay, Dorothy Pearre, Roberta Wise, Genevieve Clatterbuck, Joy Baumeister, Myra Stone, Anna Lee Fenley, Audrey Garrett, Nancy Suggett and Joyce Sheets.

50 years ago (1972)

A baby girl was delivered at Central Christian Church to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Baumgartner immediately after the Callaway Ambulance crew moved Mrs. Baumgartner from her car to the ambulance. The mother and daughter were dismissed from the hospital the next day. Harold Love, ambulance service director said that he and Mrs. Ollie Johnson delivered the baby. The father 'couldn't do anything in the back to help us so we had him drive.' The baby's name is Sheila Marie. If no more babies are born in Callaway before midnight, Dec. 31, the ambulance crew will have delivered the first baby born in 1972 and the last baby born in 1972. They delivered a baby near Kingdom Trailer Court when the ambulance slipped into an icy ditch on the way to the hospital in early January.

25 years ago (1997)

Number one of the top ten stories of 1997 in Callaway County dealt with property tax shock. Last summer, Callaway County taxpayers suffered property tax shock after the first countywide property reassessment since 1985. The assessed value of residential property in the county increased an average of 25 percent. The Hancock Amendment to the Missouri constitution requires voter approval for all new or increased taxes. It also requires tax districts to offset the effects of a favorable reassessment by rolling back their tax levies. Both Fulton and North Callaway school districts rolled back their tax levies but neither rolled back its operating levy to below $2.75 per $100 assessed property valuation, the point at which the districts would have incurred penalties in receiving state aid. These residents saw their property tax increase as a result. The Callaway County R-3 School District and most other taxing entities in Callaway reduced their levies to offset the increase in property values.

Number one of the top ten sport stories of 1997 in Callaway belongs to Scott Pingel, Westminster College's wide receiver sophomore for his All American honors. He had 98 receptions for 1,420 yards and 17 touchdowns in 1997.


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